I study the twentieth-century United States with a focus on cultural, intellectual, and social history. My dissertation, "Work and the American Moral Imagination," examines the values ascribed to work in the wake of its transformation in the latter half of the twentieth century. With an emphasis on social critics, novelists, the poor, and the working class, I explore how contending visions of the good life were challenged and reconstituted amid changes wrought by deindustrialization and the ascent of low-wage service sector work.
I completed general examination fields in late nineteenth and twentieth century U.S. history (Kevin Kruse), the history of work and capitalism (Margot Canaday and Jonathan Levy), and social theory and mass incarceration (Naomi Murakawa). I have precepted for History 383: The United States, 1920-1974 and I taught English 101: Introduction to Composition at Garden State Youth Correctional Facility. I received a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. from Columbia University.